First Aid Kit

First Aid Kit – Sneak Peek Inside The Kit

First Aid Kit

 Click Here to go to the AMAZON Page
I know I may be the only marketer on the planet who will say this, but that’s because I am a mom and coach first and a business owner second.  I won’t make grandiose claims that this first aid kit is everything to everyone, and when you read those pitches from other products, don’t believe them!   This is a wonderful kit that I created out of years of experience, but it is not (for instance) a survival kit, or  the end-all-be-all for a family.  You obviously will need more items as you consume some items and as your needs grow.  Again, if you read that kind of hype for other kits, be skeptical.

This is great “as is” however for placing in a kitchen, workshop, cars, an RV, or campers, or gifts like graduations, wedding, Christmas or holidays, birthdays, going off to college, and other occasions like that.  These are a few ideas I can think of off the top of my head.

I encourage you to watch this video as I open it and show you all the items.

Not seen in this video

Newest Improvements and additions hit the stands on Thanksgiving day 2015.    The kits now have 5 items not seen in this older video (yes, new video is coming soon). These 5 new items are:

  1. a. Non-chemical forehead temperature indicator strip
  2. b) Eye-wash cup
  3. c) flashlight
  4. d) metal tweezers for removing splinters
  5. e) magnifying glass for that “fine print” on labels.

You also have 2 masks instead of 4

Click Here to go to the AMAZON Page

Resources:

The Small Group First Aid Kit
Thom Corrigan, published 1996, 78 pages

 

 


Daylight Savings Time Spring 2017 Reminder

This is your reminder.  Daylight savings time starts in the wee hours of Sunday morning.  Are you ready?

 

Would you like my suggestion?  This is what I have done for years.

Beginning the Friday  before the time change, I go home and change all my clocks.  Then I live off the new adjusted time, all weekend.  So by the time Monday morning arrives, my mind and body have had a chance to make sleep adjustments.  In this way the “shock” of the time change is not so noticeable while at work!

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Healthy Heart and Free Book Offer

Healthy Heart

Did you know that smoking is more likely to result in heart disease than lung diseases?  Well at least, the heart disease will show up much sooner!

Here is a short testimonial from Roosevelt who had a heart attack at age 45 from smoking.

 

I am offering you a free gift today – your own 92 page copy of A Guide To Healthy Heart:

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It truly is free – just for being friends with Best First Aid Kit.  You can access your book by filling out your email at this link:

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Downed Power Lines – This could save your life

Downed Power Lines

Would you know what to do in this situation?

If this were me in this same scenario, I would be freaking out because I would not have known what to do!   However, after watching this short video, I feel I now know what to do and how to do it.  This is very important info – please watch this and share with your loved ones.

 

Do We Really Need 8 Hours of Sleep?

How Much Sleep Needed

sleepAs a follow up to the article we posted the other day about protecting your vacation by starting with a good night’s sleep, I saw this article and wanted to share it with you.  I have often wondered this question; they say as we get older (say, over 50 yrs) we generally need less sleep per night.  So how do those facts meet “guidelines” for recommended number of hours per night of sleep?

 

So here is an article posted by the experts themselves, the National Sleep Foundation with the article “How Much Sleep Do We Really Need?”

 

 

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For A Fun Vacation Stay Safe Don’t Drive Drowsy!

Stay Safe Don’t Drive Drowsy!

Before embarking on your vacation be sure to plan for a good night’s sleep. Stay safe and don’t drive drowsy!

don't drive drowsyImagine this: you are walking on a quiet road at night when, suddenly, a swerving van comes raging down the street and crashes into a nearby telephone pole. The first and most logical thing that comes to mind is that this person was under the influence. You are furious. When you find out, though, that they were falling asleep at the wheel, your anger fades.  However this accident could have been avoided in the first place if they were to stay safe don’t drive drowsy!

There is no doubt that in our society we condemn driving under the influence to a great extent because it endangers the life of the driver and that of everyone around him or her. There is also no doubt, however, that we hold a higher sympathy for accidents caused by sleepiness, and, as a result of that, we have slowly drowned out the dangers of not getting enough sleep before getting behind the wheel.

Let’s look at the science. Involuntary “background” processes within our body help to keep us healthy and functioning in a way that is efficient for everyday life. An example of this is our hunger drive. The lack of nutritional production in our bodies sends hormones to our brains that tell us that we are hungry, that we need food. With that, a signal is basically sent out from our brains to our hands to reach for a muffin. Without this process, we wouldn’t know when to feed ourselves and we would starve to death. Very similarly, a significant background process is our sleep drive. Overworking of our neurons and other somatic (body) cells tells us that we need to rest them. A more basic signal system based on cycles tells our bodies that we need to sleep in order to rejuvenate these cells for the next day. And from that, we fall asleep.

So how does this all relate? The point is that sleeping is an absolutely essential practice in our lifestyles and not fulfilling an appropriate amount of sleep (9 hours per day) can result in a huge amount of judgement impairment that is comparable to that of the effects of alcohol. When those cells in our bodies and brains do not get the rest that they need from sleep, they go haywire. Some brain signals get delayed and others get stopped altogether. Thus, the necessary demands of driving (including brain processing, sending action potentials through a reflex arc, and activating motor neurons/effectors/muscles) is put in jeopardy.

An organization known as the National Sleep Foundation (NSF) has been put together in order to research and assert the importance of sleep in the everyday lives of global citizens. The NSF has reported a statistic from an Australian study that describes that the lack of 18 hours of sleep produces judgement impairment equal to a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.05% and the lack of 24 hours produces a BAC of 0.10%. To put this into perspective, 0.08% is the concentration legally considered drunk. This sounds extreme doesn’t it? And how many people do you know have stayed up all night because of school or work-related stress before getting up and driving to school or work the next day?

drowsyOn an NSF online poll, of the users that responded, only 8% said that they received more than 8 hours of sleep on the weekdays. This is obviously a huge problem because this means that the majority of the remaining 92% are not allowing their bodies to fully recover after long days. But not only that, many of that 92% are drivers that are putting themselves in situations that endanger themselves and everyone around them.

In a Center for Disease Control (CDC) report about drowsy driving, 150,000 people were polled and 4.2% of those people described that they fell asleep while driving within the past month. Initially, 4.2% seems minuscule, but that is over 6,000 people within that relatively small poll that have driven with impaired judgement. In the larger scope of the United States or even all driving countries, that number explodes exponentially and assuredly arouses discomfort.

It is important to take note that in European countries (i.e. France and England) governments have very efficient and precise crash records, and describe that 10% to 30% of all fatal crashes have been a result of drowsy driving. And even with that information, the NSF establishes that self-reporting, lack of proper testing equipment for drowsiness like the breathalyzer for alcohol, and overall inconsistent procedures in some regions of the United States and world helps to produce statistics lower than the actual average. Because of that, it is safe to assume that there are greater proportions of drowsy driving-caused accidents than are actually reported.

So what can you do? Start by recognizing that getting a good night’s sleep the night before driving is essential to public safety and planning for good sleep before your vacation. The majority of those who drive sleepily are parents, students, and workers with multiple shifts. If you or someone that is driving you is experiencing drowsiness, then the thing to do is pull over.

danger of driving drowsySigns of drowsy driving include frequent yawning or blinking, cloudiness in memory of the past few miles of road, missing exits, swerving, drifting, or hitting rumble strips on long straights. All of these “symptoms” point to pulling over; however, the best way to avoid all dangerous and life-threatening situations involving this sort of circumstance is to make sure that you or your driver is getting enough hours of shut-eye.

Remember that driving a vehicle while being drowsy or sleepy is much more common than being drunk or under the influence, it can be equally dangerous. The driver swerving down the quiet night road because of a late night shift is just as threatening as the one that has been taking swigs from a bottle of Jack Daniels. While the former did not have bad intentions and the latter may have, both most definitely yield negative results, and it is your responsibility as a global citizen to raise awareness to the dangers of drowsy driving. It only takes a slight delay of impaired judgement to cause a catastrophe. So, remember the slogan, “drowsy driving and drunk driving both drive danger.”

Resources:

Source of Statistics: http://www.cdc.gov/features/dsdrowsydriving/
http://drowsydriving.org/about/facts-and-stats/

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First Aid In The News – Managing Injuries When Hiking

First Aid In The News

first aid in the news

This is an excellent first aid in the news article by Harry Wagner with very good pictures that emphasize all points made.  – Good read!

Thank you Four Wheeler Network

 

Four Wheeler Network - World Largest 4x4 and Off Road AuthorityFour Wheeler Network – World Largest 4×4 and Off Road Authority
http://www.fourwheeler.com/features/1507-4xfirst-aid-managing-injuries-on-the-trail/

http://image.fourwheeler.com/f/117405872+w250+h167+re0+cr1+ar0/first-aid-splint-application.jpg

 

 

 

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First Aid For Sports – Sports Drink Recipe Hack

First aid for sports

Famous food hacker Todd Wilbur has a great electrolyte replenishing sports drink recipe

 

With warmer temperatures finally arriving we are all anxious to get out and enjoy nicer weather.  And as most of you know with warmer temperatures and heavy perspiring it’s easy to quickly get dehydrated which can also cause a loss of essential electrolytes. Try your own first aid for sports recipe hack.  Rather than spending a ton of money buying popular advertise sports drinks that replenish electrolytes you might try making your own recipe.

Famous food hacker Todd Wilbur is offering this video to show us his recipe for just one of those popular sports drinks that starts with the big “G”.   I can’t wait to try this recipe!

 

 

Resources:

For more awesome recipe hacks is a Todd Wilbur’s webpage – https://www.topsecretrecipes.com/home.php


 

travel first aid kit

Travel First Aid Kit – What Should You Include When Packing?

Travel First Aid Kit

 What Should You Include In A Travel First Aid Kit?

travel first aid kitA travel first aid kit is vitally important for every traveler, yet too often a person does not think of assembling one until too late – they need a kit and don’t have one!  With the summer travel season just firing up, now is a great time to get your kit ready to go.  With that said, you can purchase one pre-assembled, or start from scratch and assemble everything yourself.  However our recommendation is a combination of both ideas – buy the Best First Aid Kit and add those items your and/or your family may need.  The Best First Aid Kit is specifically designed with you in mind – there is a wide variety of important items (many you may not have thought of) and extra room allowed for you to add your personal medications and devices.   Remember, a well- assembled first aid kit will have adequate supplies to manage pre-existing medical conditions for an extended duration of the trip, as well as address illnesses and minor injuries.

Recommended Basic First Aid Kit Items

travel first aid kitIt is important to know how and when to use the first aid supplies that you have in your kit. It is recommended that one takes a short first aid course before he travels.  Below are items you may want to consider having in a first aid travel kit:

• Gauze
• Disposable vinyl or latex gloves
• Blister pads or moleskin
• Tweezers for removing both splinters and ticks
• Thermometer
• Tensor bandages for sprains
• Scissors and safety pins
• Packets of oral re-hydration salts
• Hand sanitizer preferably alcohol based.
• Adhesive bandages of multiple sizes
• Adhesive tape

Medications In A Travel First Aid Kit

To view the rest of this article, go to http://bestfirstaidkit.com/travel-first-aid-kit2

How Would You React To Compulsory First Aid Kits?

Compulsory First Aid Kits

Compulsory First Aid Kits In Ireland

 

compulsory first aid kitIn Ireland,  the RSA (road safety authority) is pushing for the requirement for every car to contain a first aid kit.  Failure to comply with this if passed, will be loss of driving points.  A less severe penalty accompanies a secondary requirement for every car to also contain a roadside triangle, flashlight,  and high-visibility vest.   If this measure becomes law, all new cars will be required to comply by January of 2015, and for existing cars on the road July 2016

RSA ‘wants penalty points for not having first aid kit’
BreakingNews.ie, on Wed, 13 May 2015 22:37:30 -0700
According to the Irish Independent, the organisation hopes the emergency pack will be compulsory for all new cars next January and existing cars by July 2016. The RSA says it hopes the failure to have the kit could become a penalty points offence, or a …

 

Western People — RSA 'wants penalty points for not having first ...Western People — RSA ‘wants penalty points for not having first …
http://www.westernpeople.ie/2015/05/14/rsa-wants-penalty-points-for-not-having-first-aid-kit/

Assuming you (the reader) live in America, how would you respond to a mandate to carry a first aid kit in your car at all times?

 

 


 

 

 

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Tourniquet – Do You Have One In Your First Aid Kit?

Tourniquet

 

Guidelines on Tourniquet usage

 These are general guidelines for using a tourniquet.  It is recommended that before using a tourniquet, you receive training from a qualified trainer or practitioner.  Remember, the following is for general knowledge and not to replace medical advice:

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What is a Tourniquet?

A Tourniquet is a constricting cloth band utilized to halt bleeding in an emergency. It is used to extremely compress or control the blood flow in the veins and arteries for a period of time. A pressure is applied on the skin surface circumferentially, which is further applied to the inner tissues including the walls of the blood vessels. Therefore, the blood vessels are occluded temporarily. Recently, modern surgical tourniquets are developed to help the surgeons to perform sensitive surgeries in a bloodless operative area.

Brief History on Tourniquet use

Louis Petit, a French Surgeon in 1718, developed a screw device for this purpose and named it as “Tourniquet” after the French verb “tourner”. Later, tourniquet was used to create bloodless surgical field by Lister in 1864 and Esmarch in 1873. An inflatable tourniquet used by Cushing in 1904 had compressed gas filled into the cylindrical bladder section of the device, and was held more beneficial over Esmarch tourniquet. Inflatable or pneumatic tourniquet can be used and removed quickly. It was also believed to reduce nerve paralysis.

Segmental anaesthesia was administered by August Bier in 1908 by using two tourniquets. Later, in 1963 Holmes reintroduced this procedure by using single tourniquet. Today, this procedure called intravenous regional anaesthesia (IVRA) is popularly referred as Bier’s method. Electronic tourniquets or microprocessor controlled tourniquets are introduced by James McEwen in 1980s.

How to handle and use tourniquets?

Tourniquets are tight bands that prevent blood flow to the wounds from the heart. However, improper usage of these devices can lead to severe damage to the tissues. Proper usage of tourniquet can save the life of a badly wounded human or an animal. You should remember that tourniquet has to be used only when the person is in the danger of bleeding to death or when any direct pressure applied on the wound was inadequate to stop bleeding. It is very important to know how to apply a tourniquet on the victim, as its incorrect usage can sometimes lead to the loss of limb.

Are you trained to use Tourniquet or do you at least know how to handle it? If yes, then you can go ahead applying tourniquet to the patient. But, before using it, make sure that you have worn gloves and checked the bleeding by applying direct pressure on the wound with a gauze or washcloth or towel. If a specially designed tourniquet is not available within your reach, it is fair to use a muslin cloth or gauze or any long, strong pliable cloth or a shirt or skirt. It is not suggested to use any narrow wire or string, which might further cause injury to the skin when tightened.

What are the general rules regarding Tourniquet usage?

It is a general rule that the width of a tourniquet has to be a minimum of 2 inches. Other things that can be used in place of tourniquet are long sleeve shirt or backpack strap or long socks. Tourniquet is wrapped around the wounded leg or arm at a distance of about 2 to 4 inches from the wound. You have to be sure that tourniquet is wrapped between the heart and the wound and most possibly proximal to the wound.

It is to be noted precisely that tourniquet should not be wrapped exactly around the wound or fracture or joint as this might cause permanent damage to the wound and cause severe pain. Tourniquet should be used for legs and arms, and not to be used at the neck region. Tie the tourniquet with an overhand knot above the shirt sleeve or trouser legs wrapped on the skin. This is done to just prevent the skin from getting twisted and pinched. It is important to see that tourniquet is kept flat when it is wrapped all along its length, and it has to be wrapped many times around the injured limb.

The person attending the patient has to make sure that any stick is used to create torsion on the overhand knot. The stick of at least one foot length is used to retain the torsion in the tourniquet and another knot is tied on the stick to hold the tourniquet tight. This will allow the knot to generate sufficient torsion that can stop bleeding totally. The stick can be rotated towards one direction to make sure that the tourniquet is adequately tightened around the limb.

Tourniquet can be released after sometime and checked whether the bleeding has stopped or not. If the bleeding resumes, it has to be repositioned.

Is it necessary to check the state of the patient after applying tourniquet?

The person attending to the patient has to take care that the patient does not enter into a hypovolemic shock. As there would have been a severe blood loss indicated by the usage of tourniquet, the patient has to be monitored for certain signs, like cold skin, blue skin, loss of consciousness and accelerated breathing. These symptoms might be seen, as the heart may not be able to pump enough blood to the entire body due to severe loss of blood.

If the patient is observed with any of the above symptoms, then he or she has to be made to lie down comfortably on his or her back. Avoid raising the leg or arm to prevent pooling of blood. It is vital now to keep the patient’s body warm by using blankets, jackets or any other clothing. The body heat of the attendant can also be used for warming the patient. Experts say that tourniquets used on the leg can be narrower than those used for the arm.

If the device is applied loosely, then bleeding might worsen as the blood flow in the artery (situated deeper) wouldn’t have stopped in that case and only venous blood flow (situated superficially) would only have been controlled. It is not safe to remove the applied tourniquets by the untrained people. It is not safe to leave the device tied around the limb for a very long time, as it might damage the limb. Even if it is removed, there would be severe bleeding leading to loss of life. It is necessary to outweigh the loss of limb over loss of life. Nevertheless, if used properly, tourniquets are life saving devices.

 

How to handle and use tourniquets?

Yes, the attendant has to first use sterile cloth material or gauze or muslin or a towel to apply direct pressure on the wound to stop bleeding. Tourniquet usage should be a last resort as its usage can sometimes lead to the loss of limb in a few cases like

  • When the bleeding do not stop even after a long time application of tourniquet (above 2 hours).
  • Improper tourniquet application.

Usage of non-sterile cloths and gauge have to be avoided unless otherwise necessary. It is also suggested in the article that tourniquets have to be applied on any cloth material.

 

What are the general rules regarding Tourniquet usage?

Stick is used here to act as a torsion device. It may not be worthy of using stick along with the tourniquet, if the necessary torsion is maintained in the tourniquet. If it is not so or if a cloth is used instead of tourniquet in case of any emergency, where tourniquet is not available, then to maintain torsion in the tourniquet material, a stick can be used to tie it over the overhand knot. The stick is then twisted towards one direction and then its other end is loosely fastened to the limb to keep the tourniquet tight in its position. This is the sole purpose of the stick. If no stick is present in your first aid box, probably the tourniquet is specially designed to create sufficient torsion that keeps it tight. Please look at the below images to understand the relevance of stick.

 

How long does the Tourniquet need to be tied?

This question does not have an exact answer and hence I did not specify it in the article. But, it is generally said that Tourniquet can be released after one hour and checked for bleeding.  If the bleeding continues, then it is tied again and is advised to be continued for less than one more hour.  So, on the whole, tourniquet cannot be kept tied on the limb for more than two hours.

How To Apply A TourniquetHow To Apply A Tourniquet
A “civilian friendly” instructional video on the proper way to apply a tourniquet from David King, MD, trauma and acute care surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital.

 

 


 

 

 

 

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Medical Miracles – Dead 45 min, Now Completely Healed

Medical Miracles

 

Is This Guy A Modern Lazarus?

 

I am serious, this guy’s story is not  some faith healing stuff.  This is truly amazing.  I am still blinking and trying to wrap my mind around what he said.  He is a modern-day Lazarus; truly a medical miracles.  No other explanation.

As a medical professional for 30 years, I have been in attendance during many Code Blue situations.  This does not happen.   I myself am a near death survivor, but this is downright freeky.    You have to watch this.

I find myself wanting to hear a more extensive interview with him. I want to ask:

Do you still remember anything from when you were “gone?”

Were you a Reverand before the heart attack?

How has this changed your life?

 

What questions would you like to ask the Reverand?
 
 


 

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Emergency Landing When Jet Passengers Pass Out

Emergency Landing

 

Jet makes emergency landing when passengers start passing out!

As of this posting, no one knows what happend to cause passengers to suddenly start passing out and feeling ill; even the nurse interviewed states she was not feeling well.   So the pilot of Skywest flight from Chicago to Conneticuit made a split-second decision to descend the plane in case the cause was due to low oxygen.  They then went on to  make an emergency landing in Buffalo, NY on April 22, 2015

This nurse tends to patient as others start to feel ill.  Watch the interview and news stories below to get the best picture of what happened:

Terrifying Airplane Drop: O'Hare Passengers Undergo Emergency Landing (VIDEO)Terrifying Airplane Drop: O’Hare Passengers Undergo Emergency Landing (VIDEO)
Frightening moments for passengers on a Skywest flight from O’Hare when a passenger becomes ill from an unknown medical condition. Watch more ABC News coverage: www.abcnews.com …

 

Emergency landing after passenger loses consciousnessEmergency landing after passenger loses consciousness
SkyWest Flight 5622 was diverted to Buffalo, New York, after a passenger lost consciousness, an airline official told CNN. The flight landed safely in Buffalo.

 

Unconscious Passengers Prompt Emergency LandingUnconscious Passengers Prompt Emergency Landing
A SkyWest airlines flight to Connecticut was diverted, descended steeply and made an emergency landing in New York on Wednesday after three passengers lost consciousness. The airline says …

 

 

 


 

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Nurses Administer First Aid For The Soul To Cancer Child

First Aid For The Soul

 

These nurses dance with pediatric cancer patient

Nursing is more than just delivering medications, assisting the doctor, educating patients and families, and tending to their needs while patients are in a hospital.   Nurses look at the whole patient, body mind and soul.  Sometimes this means remembering that this dying cancer patient is  a child first, and a patient second.  Sometimes this means administering first aid for the soul.

Even if it means breaking out into song and dance with the child to bring happiness.    God bless all our nurses and caregivers, and thank you for your unsung service.

Resources:

Nursing care of childrenNursing care of children
http://www.slideshare.net/jen316/nursing-care-of-children-23548014

 

Nurses With ReikiNurses With Reiki
http://www.mysticcirclereiki.com/#!blogger-feed/c7ol

 


 

Mom On Facetime With Doctor As She Gives Birth

Emergency Delivery

Woman has emergency delivery and has to deliver her own baby

How would you like to go into labor while waiting for your doctor who is still in surgery?  Well that’s what happened to this young lady.  So what does a tech-savvy lady do?  Reaches for her cell phone, that’s what!  Doc was in contact via Facetime to assist while she delivered her own baby.   (I wonder if she still gets charged?)

Doctor Delivers Baby on FaceTimeDoctor Delivers Baby on FaceTime
https://www.yahoo.com/parenting/doctor-delivers-baby-on-facetime-113799536122.html

 

NJ doctor guides baby delivery via FaceTimeNJ doctor guides baby delivery via FaceTime
Keyanna Rivera was at her doctor’s office in Newark Thursday and within 10 minutes of arriving went into labor. Little Rafael was ready to come into the world. The problem was that her OB/GYN…

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YctxSMYILao&feature=youtube_gdata_player

 

New Jersey doctor delivers baby on FaceTime
NewsOK.com, on Tue, 17 Mar 2015 10:37:25 -0700
The baby started to come out – while her OBGYN Meena Devalla was still wrapping up a surgery 20 minutes away at the Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, New Jersey. So Devalla supervised her medical assistants in delivering Rivera’s fourth baby …


 

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First Aid Kit Commercial – Accidents Will Happen!

First Aid Kit Commercial

Click here to buy this on Amazon.com

The one certainty in life that we know is that accidents do happen!

We never know where, or when, or how,

But we know for sure

That they are going to happen!

 

Whether we are prepared or not, they’re gonna happen.

And as Murphy’s Law states, they will happen

Usually at the worst time and place!

The only thing worse than accidents happening,

Is KNOWING they will happen

And being unprepared!

Because WHEN they happen,

All the fun stops!

Whether you are on vacation (image of Mt Rushmore) ,

At school (image of teacher at desk with classroom of students),

At the park (show at a baseball game )

At work (show office cubicles)

or just cooking supper (lady cooking at a stove)

ACCIDENTS WILL HAPPEN  (Lady at the stove burns her hand).

Don’t wait to start preparing.

The Best First Aid Kit comes with all the basics and more.

Affordable, well stocked with the most frequently needed items, perfect size, fits anywhere, and built with room for you to add your own medications.

Buy one for yourself and one for someone you love.

They also make a WONDERFUL wedding or graduation gift!

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Nose Bleeds (nosebleeds) – First Aid For Nose Bleeds

 Nose Bleeds

How to manage the bloody nose

I. Nose bleeds – understanding the phenomenon

Nose bleeds (or nosebleeds), is a condition, wherein there is bleeding from either one or both the nostrils. It is a common phenomenon and majority of the cases occur due to either cold or an injury of some kind. Anatomically, the nose constitutes of several small blood vessels that can bleed as a resultant reaction to several factors. Many a times, air passing through the nose can cause irritation and dryness in the membranes inside the nose. As a result of this, crusts develop which bleed when there is irritation of some kind.

nose bleeds  imageII. Considerations for nose bleed

Nose bleeds (nosebleeds) usually occur in the front of the nasal septum. This septum separates two sides of nose. In rare cases, nosebleeds can also occur from deeper into the nose, which indicates an emergency situation. Such types of nosebleeds are difficult to control and one should immediately seek medical intervention.

III. Causes of nose bleed

There are several causes of nosebleeds, which include the following:

  •  Allergic reactions that can occur due to cold
  • Excessive sneezing
  • Sinus problems
  • Extreme weather conditions, such as cold
  • Dry air
  • Injury to the nose
  • Chemical irritants can also cause nosebleeds
  • Obstruction that can occur when some kind of object gets stuck inside the nose
  • Deviated septum

 This is an interesting video of a 12 yr old boy in  the ER with a nose bleed. This has been bleeding for quite a while.  They did the right thing – they went to the ER.

 

IV. Symptoms

Individuals experiencing nose bleeds present with the following signs and symptoms:

  •  Bleeding from one or both the nose
  • Feeling of fluid draining at the back of the throat
  • Increase in urge to swallow frequently

In addition to the above mentioned symptoms, when affected individual experience shortness of breath, turns pale or experiences palpitations, then it is a sign of medical emergency.  In instances when nosebleeds continue for more than half an hour, then the individual should immediately be taken under medical supervision.

V. Myths and misconceptions regarding nose bleeds

There are various misconceptions and myths that are widely accepted and known to treat nosebleeds at home.  It is however advised, that these hold no substance and should not be practiced at all.

 Myths:

  • The inside of nostrils should be stuffed with cotton and gauze when there is nosebleed. Such a kind of practice should not be encouraged, as the cotton or gauze packing would further irritate the membranes and worsen the condition.
  • Lying down during nosebleed would stop the bleeding. This is one of the oldest remedy that is followed in almost every household.  When the individual is kept in the supine position during nosebleed, the blood may get accumulated in the nasal cavity, causing severe discomfort.
  • It is necessary to blow nose during nosebleed. Such a practice should not be encouraged as it would not allow the injured site to heal and can aggravate lining of the nostrils.  On the contrary, it is advised that the individual should be allowed to breathe from the mouth and then gently pass air from the nose in order to clear off any blood mucus.

When injury or any kind of physical trauma is the cause of nosebleeds, then it is always best to seek immediate medical attention.  It is necessary to rule out any underlying medical condition such as high blood pressure, tumor or bleeding disorder as the causative factor.  Therefore, if nosebleeds occur frequently and do not stop immediately then medical help should be sought for.

VI. How to manage Nose bleed


Individuals are advised to adhere to the following steps to manage the condition of nosebleed:

  • In order to stop a nosebleed, it is necessary to softly squeeze the nostrils for at least 10 minutes.  This should be done in the sitting position and not while lying down. Such a kind of action helps in stopping the blood flow, due to pressure that is applied in the nasal septum.
  • Sitting in the upright position also helps in stopping nosebleeds. In this position, pressure on the veins is significantly reduced, thereby arresting bleeding.
  • Following this, the individual should be made to lean forward to avoid swallowing the blood.  Also, during this time, breathing should be done through the mouth.
  • Avoid blowing nose hard in order to further aggravate the condition. Gentle breathing through the nose can help in flushing out some accumulated mucus.
  • In order to prevent re – bleeding, it is necessary that the head should be kept at a level higher that the chest.
  • Individuals are also advised against bending down for several hours after the attack of bleeding. In addition, nose picking and blowing should also be avoided to prevent re-bleeding from occurring.
  • In cases, when re-bleeding occurs, then individual is advised to blow nose forcefully to clear off the passage and spray with a nasal decongestant.  The decongestant should contain oxymetazoline. Following this, the nose should be pinched again in the manner described above. The doctor should be informed immediately to further manage the condition.

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How To Remove A Splinter

How to Remove A Splinter

how to remove a splinterWhat is a Splinter?

Before we talk about how to remove a splinter, let’s clarify what exactly a splinter is.  A splinter is foreign body, usually a piece of wood, and sometimes other materials like glass or metal that pierces and lodges under the skin. The common site for a splinter is a finger; however, other parts can get a splinter too.

What are the Symptoms of a Splinter Injury?

The first symptoms are mainly localized pain or discomfort and a foreign body sensation. Sometimes one may not notice it at all. Rarely, there may be a little blood. Splinters are rich in germs, and they can easily get infected.  If a splinter does lead to an infection, you will see symptoms like: pain at the location, tenderness, pus discharge, a warm sensation, swelling and redness in and around the area.

Can a splinter be removed at home?

It is possible to remove superficial splinters (near the surface of the skin) at home safely with the contents of a First Aid Kit.  Remember splinters bring with them a lot of germs  so close attention to cleanliness is of utmost importance to avoid infection.

how to remove a splinter at home Steps to remove a splinter at home:

A well-stocked First Aid Kit has all the supplies necessary to remove a splinter safely. Take a look at the splinter with a magnifying glass under bright illumination to see the position of the splinter.

1. Wash your hands well with soap and water and clean the area around the splinter if necessary.

2. If  the splinter is at an angle and is not too deep, you will need to find the part that is sticking out of the skin.

a. Use a first aid tweezer and carefully grab the tip of the splinter. Do not squeeze the skin or the splinter.

b. Remove the splinter with the help of the tweezer, pulling it out in the direction of its entry path. Take care not to break the splinter.

3. If the splinter is lying horizontal, you may not be able to pull it out with a tweezer, and will need a small needle to remove it.

a. Clean the skin with an alcohol swab.

b. Dip the needle in rubbing alcohol and shake it to air-dry.   Prod gently to open the skin above the splinter. Do not push the splinter further in. Use a gentle scraping motion, which will lead the splinter to dislodge slightly and protrude out.

c. Grab the protruding end with a tweezer as described above and pull it out in the direction of it’s entry path.  Again, take care not to break it.

4. With clean hands (rewash if needed) apply an OTC (over the counter) antibacterial ointment from your First Aid Kit.

5. Cover the wound with band aid for a day or until the wound heals.

6. Observe the area for any signs of infection until it heals.

Other Home remedies to remove a Splinter:

1. Add a tablespoon of baking soda or Epsom salts to some warm water.  Soak the finger (or the area) in the water for ten minutes.  Do this twice a day for three days, keeping an eye for any signs of infection.  Sometimes the splinter will work its way out after the baking soda treatment.

2. Fiber glass splinters can be removed by applying a packaging tape gently and pulling it off.

When to Seek Medical Care?infected finger image

1. A splinter under a fingernail usually needs a doctor’s help in removal and is prone to get infected without proper and clean removal.

2. Splinters that are very large or are deeply embedded need medical intervention.

3. Consult a doctor promptly if you notice any sign of infection (see description above)

4. If a splinter breaks off during attempted removal at home, consult a doctor for complete removal.  Left embedded, it is prone to develop infection quickly.

5. Significant bleeding or a deep wound will need medical help.

6. It is difficult to remove a splinter safely in cases of children.  It is better to take them to the hospital’s emergency department or your local Urgent Care Clinic.

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Emergency Preparedness – Free Winter Storms Guide

Emergency Preparedness

I wanted to find a special emergency preparedness gift to offer you as a thank you for your support as we launch this new Best First Aid Kit web blog.   Prepared by the National  Oceanic and Atmospheric  Administration,  this 11 page eBook doesn’t get any more professional than that!

No opt in or prior purchases are required – I just hope you either print it off or download it onto your phone or device where you can readily access it in an emergency.    Just remember in emergencies, don’t depend on your cell phones to work.   Cloud data storage may be unobtainable so while it’s fine to store the pdf in your cloud, I truly hope you download and make some copies of this for reference.

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Best First Aid Kit for Home – What To Put In It?

This article is on the new page  BEST FIRST AID KIT FOR HOME

Best First Aid Kit for Home

 

It is alarming how many people do not have a first aid kit in their homes.   Accidents, sickness, and emergencies can happen anytime, to anyone and we all should be prepared for at least basic first aid emergencies with a home first aid kit.

 

This article is on the new page BEST FIRST AID KIT FOR HOME


 

 

 

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First Aid CPR Ignorance – Thousands Die Each Yr

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Each year multiple thousands die due to life-threatening situations that happen where no one was around who knew how to administer basic first aid.  Consider this jaw-dropping statistic; an estimated 30,000+ people die each year from heart attacks or choking alone and many more die due to other medical emergencies that didn’t receive care in time.

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Even if someone close by simply recognized early warning signs of an emergency and did nothing more than to call 911 and secure the victim until help arrives. So let me ask you, ”Would you feel confident enough to start CPR on someone having a heart attack or choking?”

When surveyed recently almost 60% answered NO to that question. And another startling 25% admitted they would stand and do nothing until help arrived due to not knowing what to do.

And the simple remedy to this problem is education.

Many employers offer free CPR classes to their employees through company-sponsored education, partnerships with local community services, or hospitals.

There’s never a guarantee that first aid or CPR will be successful, but without it the victim may not have even stood a chance. And that person could be your loved one, your friend, your neighbor.

To find a place near you where you can learn CPR and ask about First Aid classes, contact your local American Heart Association or fo to their American Heart Association.


 

 

 

First Aid Kit Ambulance Drone

Emergency First Aid Kit Drone Could Save Your Life!

First Aid Kit Drone

This idea is so freaking amazing you are going to wonder why no one has thought of it before!

When a person has a heart attach, the next few minutes can make the difference between survival or death.   With that said, only a small fraction of cardiac arrest victms outside a hospital survive because  of the time it takes for emergency aid to get started.

It has long been known that the sooner a victim can get emergency help, the greater their
survival statistics.  This is why over the last decade there has been a huge push to get
automatic cardiac defibrillators out into public arenas.  But in spite of this heroic effort
thousands still go unaided because of the lack of first aid defibrillators  and access to a hospital.

Alex Monton, a graduate of the Delft University of Technology took a new-age idea and applied it to this age-old problem, and with it he came up with a revolutionary idea – a drone that can arrive at the scene of a medical emergency and deliver help while emergency personnel are still driving on their way.  In the case of a cardiac emergency a drone could deliver a life-saving defibrillator to a victim within 1 minute of the emergency call.   That is just jaw-dropping amazing.

This is just way too awesome – you have got to see this!

Once arriving at the scene, the caller can put the phone down because the call is then taken over by the drone, which has built in speakers and cameras.   This then releases  the caller’s hands to carry out jobs such as positioning the victim
in the rescue position and preparing the defibrillator, with vocal guidance
from the emergency response group who are also watching the scene via live video through the drone.

The Ambulance Drone is an all-purpose medical toolkit that can be automatically flown to any emergency situation and used to guide citizens to make non-technical lifesaving procedures.

For more information on this subject check out this report:     http://www.springwise.com/ambulance-drone-flying-aid-kit-save-lives/


 

What Should I Put In A Basic First Aid Kit?

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The question is often asked “what items should I put in my first aid kit?”   The answer is, that varies, depending on what type of first aid kit you are assembling.  The type of first aid kit you need depends on where you plan to use it and what you plan to use it for.   In a nutshell there are as many types of first aid kits as there are reasons for having one.; In other words, almost limitless.

To clarify, let’s start with a definition. First aid is defined as  “the prompt treatment of a victim of injury or illness before emergency medical help arrives.” http://dictionary.com   With this definition in mind the most likely type of first aid that would need to be administered will vary depending on the location, situation and activities in that area.

It is also important to take into consideration the scope of what you plan to use your kit for.  Will you be assembling a kit for traveling in a car or RV? Or are you putting together a family disaster preparedness kit?  They are two totally different goals.

Also consider whether you intend to stabilize the situation (meets most consumer needs) or if you are an advanced practitioner, or a first responder where you may need to start IV and give medication injections?  (For the purpose of this article, we are not including that second category of medical professionals).

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To the point of where one will most likely use this kit, let’s take this example.  Consider that the likelihood of a burn is higher in a kitchen than probably an office setting; so if you are assembling a first aid kit for a kitchen area a high priority item would be burn cream whereas in an office, cuts, dressings and pain killers (headaches) will be a higher need category.

Take the example of a young couple living in an apartment in the city may not feel that a snake venom kit is a high priority item for their first aid kit.   However that same couple if they were living in a wooded rural city in one of the southern United States would surely feel a snake venom kit is of high importance in their first aid kit.

Packing List For Vacation Or TripSo the first step when deciding what items you should put in your first aid kit is asking yourself where do you plan to use it?  Do some brainstorming and make a list of the common activities in the area where the first aid kit will be used.  Then think about what types of mishaps and accidents happen in this area?  What first aid items are you most likely to need with these activities?  Once you have these questions answered you will see a clearer pattern emerging leading you to specific ideas for first aid supplies.

First aid kit materials

If your first aid kit will be used outdoors and is likely to get wet, then you may want to consider a waterproof material case, or better yet, a clear waterproof zip – bag to place your canvas first aid kit bag into.  Don’t assume a hard plastic or metal case is waterproof.  Another factor to consider is whether or not you intend to add more items to a pre-assembled kit?  If so, will the kit material and volume allow for your extra selected items?

Contents

Looking over several sources like Red Cross.org, Wikipedia, FEMA, the following is a list of the most commonly recommended items to start your basic first aid kit with:

Adhesive bandages – a variety of different shapes and sizes of adhesive bandages

Dressings – sterile and nonsterile to absorb body fluids

Soap – or prepackaged individualized antiseptic cleaning wipes

Tape – preferably hypoallergenic

Trauma injuries

Tourniquet

Cold pack

Personal protective equipment

Face shield – disposable, for use with emergency CPR

Gloves – single use, preferably non-latex

Surgical mask – preferably over –the- ears elastic for fast and easy use

Instruments and equipment

Trauma shears – tougher than scissors for cutting through clothing

Tweezers- metal or plastic

Cotton and cotton – tipped swabs

Wooden tongue depressors /split

Medications

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Personal rescue medications

Anti-histamines such as Benadryl

Aspirin – low dose or baby aspirin (81 mg)

Topical

Triple antibiotic cream

Hydrocortisone steroid cream

Burn-relief ointment

Anti-itch ointment

Pain killers

Aspirin – low dose or baby aspirin (81 mg)

Acetaminophen (Tylenol), or  Advil,

Life-saving

EpiPen – consult your physician


 

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